Commercial flights reversed gains made in the last few months of 2020, falling 9.1% from December 2020. Year-over-year in January, commercial flights were down 41.6% in 2021. The seven-day average for commercial flights also fell throughout the month, beginning at 68,909 flights per day and falling to 61,047 by the end of the month.
Commercial flights down in January, first monthly decline since October
The number of commercial flights fell for the first time since April 2020, amid numerous new travel restrictions as countries deal with newly discovered more transmissible strains of COVID-19. Commercial flights fell 9.1% from December 2020. While January is generally a slower month for commercial traffic, from December 2019 to January 2020, flights only declined 1.9%. Commercial flights were down 41.6% from January 2020. Flights in December 2020 had been down 36.5% below 2019 levels. At its worst in April 2020, commercial traffic was down 73.7%.
Total flights down 24.2%